Those Familiar with government, military, and hospitals will already know about color codes and how they alert us. By learning to use the Color Codes, practicing them, and making them part of your daily routine, you can be assured of seeing a disaster in its developing stages, and become both mentally and physically prepared to protect yourself.
Most people stumble through life, blissfully unaware of the world around them. They remain preoccupied with thoughts of work, or personal problems, or how to get a date, or other trivialities, with no thought to their immediate environment. By not paying attention to their surroundings, they place themselves in needless jeopardy.
The color code scale consists of four mental states, and you must learn to go up and down this scale as the situation and circumstances around you change.
White- Unaware and unprepared. In Condition White one is unaware, not alert, oblivious. This state can be characterized as "daydreaming" or "preoccupied". People in White do not notice the impending danger until it is happening.
Yellow - Relaxed alert. No specific threat situation. Your mindset is that "today could be the day a disaster happens and I may have to put my preparedness plan into action." You are not looking for anything or any disaster in particular. You are alert and aware of your surroundings. You are difficult to surprise. You do not expect it to happen today. You simply recognize the possibility.
Orange - Specific alert. Something is not quite right and has gotten your attention. Your radar has picked up a specific alert. You shift your primary focus to determine if there is a threat. Now that you are aware of it, you are in far less danger. Your mindset shifts to focusing on the specific thing which has caused the escalation in alert status. If the threat proves to be nothing, you shift back to Condition Yellow. You can’t keep the intensity of orange up for a long time. It will wear you out. If, after assessing it and, you believe it is an actual threat, you then escalate to the highest level, Condition Red.
Red - Ready for action. You may, or may not, actually be fighting, but you are mentally prepared to physically act if the situation demands. This is how you achieve the speed necessary to survive. By having a "pre-made decision" already set up in your mind, you can move physically fast enough to deal with the problem. Without that pre-made decision, the precious time in which you could have acted was wasted on trying to decide what to do after the crisis starts. Your main enemy is reaction time. If you are not aware of your surroundings, and fail to see the crisis coming, it may overwhelm you before you can marshal an effective defense.